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Chinese Post Black Metal

January 28, 2015
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No it’s not a gimmick or lead off to a joke.
It’s the real deal.
Listen-

The piano coda is killer.

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Listening to Vulnicura While Reading Murakami

January 28, 2015

bjork

norwegian wood

Short answer-
Don’t do it.

OK OK so we all know the Bjork record got leaked a week ago.
I picked up my copy like a good music geek that I am.
From the opening strings of Stonemilker to the all too quick end of Quicksand I was smitten.
Taken away to a world where heartache was real but yet otherworldly and strange.
When I first heard it i was in the middle of reading Norwegian Wood, Murakami’s early novel of youthful romantic angst.
Now in a way nothing could be more different.
The Bjork record is, despite it’s otherworldliness, steeped in the painfully real- how a break up affects your family and child’s world.
Norwegian Wood is all marinated in youth and first loves and the kind of sweet heartache you only really feel when you’re in your late teens and early 20’s.
But both have a talent for making the universal or quotidian seem foreign and strange at times-
“I am fine tuning my soul to the universal wavelength/No one is a lover alone […] let this ugly wound breathe”.
That’s Bjork being, well, Bjork.
“No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning.”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

And that’s Murakami being super romantic and fatalistic.
Bjork is more real and honest about the devastation of a breakup later in life.
Murakami gives you the “world is going to end” feeling you get when you breakup with your first love.
Both are devastating but of course Bjork’s is more so.
I mean-
“If she sinks/I’m going down with her … When we’re broken we are whole/And when we’re whole we’re broken… every time you give up, you take away our future/And my continuity and my daughter’s”.
Come on already!! You’re dead, right?
Anyway should you listen to Vulnicura while reading Murakami? The answer to that question is a Murakami quote from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running- “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
How much you want to suffer I leave up to the reader.

The record is great. A 21st century upgrade to Blood on the Tracks but with more at stake.
Norwegian Wood is pretty good too. If I read it at 18 it would’ve have been one of those books like Catcher in the Rye or Tropic of Cancer that just stayed with you forever and made a huge impression.
But I’m 45 so Bjork kills it (and me).

King Woman

January 27, 2015
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kingwoman I’m still working out the legalities of marrying this song cuz I wanna spend the rest of my life here. When their new record “Doubt” drops on 2/17 you owe it to your music loving self to be there and grab yourself a copy. Kim Gordon and doom metal had a baby that was delivered by PJ Harvey and spoiled by her grandparents Black Sabbath. yeah, it’s that good. Now stop reading and start listening https://soundcloud.com/flenserrecords/king-woman-burn

This Band Should BE Your Life

January 26, 2015

no, really.
you should quit your day job and become a roadie or drive the tour van for these guys.
that’s what I’m gonna do.

The lead singer looks like James Murphy afflicted with the nervous ticks of David Byrne and they sound like the Fall mainlining Jesus Lizard.
In other words a recipe for brilliance.
Also unlike some Internet savvy bands like Chvrches they came up with a band name so generic its guaranteed to thwart any casual search engine query.
and that my friends is punk rock.
enjoy

Lipstick Traces on Your Baseball Bat

November 13, 2014
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Mitski swings for the rafters.

make this band huge and selling out an actual option for them…

Dylanesque

September 7, 2014
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Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ marinated in codeine.
It’s been a long, long, long time

Subdivisions

September 7, 2014
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I was driving thru the suburbs in my Galaxie 500 with the windows down just coasting on the bliss of a summer’s breeze